May 17, 2012 10:01am CST
The threat of global warming is now upon us, yet how does one calculate the massive amounts of information being gathered around the globe? That's when a supercomputer comes in. A supercomputer is a computer that performs at a speed that is much higher than standard computers, specially in calculation. Supercomputers are very expensive. They are employed in specialized applications that require immense amounts of mathematical calculations. These include problems on quantum mechanical physics, weather forecasting and climate research (including researches in global warming), molecular modeling, physical simulations and cryptanalysis. It's good that this supercomputers was invented because it can be used as lifesavers for human endeavor nowadays.
• United States
17 May 12
Sorry but supercomputers are a thing of the past! What we are using today in our homes are actually better and faster than the supercomputers of just a decade ago. The present trend is to use multiple regular computers, networked together, in order to use their combined processing power. There isn't anything "super" about them! The applications you mention are also a little off since they are performed on a regular computer without problems. The most common use of multiple computer systems is for video rendering of animated movies and computer generated effects in movies.